"O Canada," the national anthem of our neighbors up north, comes in two official versions — English and French. They share a melody, but differ in meaning.

Let the record show: neither version of those lyrics contains the phrase "all lives matter."

But at the 2016 All-Star Game, the song got an unexpected edit.

At Petco Park in San Diego, one member of the Canadian singing group The Tenors — by himself, according to the other members of the group — revised the anthem.

School's out, and a lot of parents are getting through the long summer days with extra helpings of digital devices.

How should we feel about that?

Police in Baton Rouge say they have arrested three people who stole guns with the goal of killing police officers. They are still looking for a fourth suspect in the alleged plot, NPR's Greg Allen reports.

"Police say the thefts were at a Baton Rouge pawn shop early Saturday morning," Greg says. "One person was arrested at the scene. Since then, two others have been arrested and six of the eight stolen handguns have been recovered. Police are still looking for one other man."

A 13-year-old boy is among those arrested, Greg says.

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After an international tribunal invalidated Beijing's claims to the South China Sea, Chinese authorities have declared in no uncertain terms that they will be ignoring the ruling.

The Philippines brought the case to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, objecting to China's claims to maritime rights in the disputed waters. The tribunal agreed that China had no legal authority to claim the waters and was infringing on the sovereign rights of the Philippines.

Donald Trump is firing back at Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after she disparaged him in several media interviews. He tweeted late Tuesday that she "has embarrassed all" with her "very dumb political statements" about the candidate. Trump ended his tweet with "Her mind is shot - resign!":

Donald Trump wrapped up his public tryout of potential vice presidential candidates in Indiana Tuesday night with Gov. Mike Pence giving the final audition.

The Indiana governor's stock as Trump's possible running mate is believed to be on the rise, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also atop the list. Sources tell NPR the presumptive GOP presidential nominee is close to making a decision, which he's widely expected to announce by Friday.

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The unassuming hero of Jonas Karlsson's clever, Kafkaesque parable is the opposite of a malcontent. Despite scant education, a limited social life, and no prospects for success as it is usually defined, he's that rarity, a most happy fella with an amazing ability to content himself with very little. But one day, returning to his barebones flat from his dead-end, part-time job at a video store, he finds an astronomical bill from an entity called W.R.D. He assumes it's a scam. Actually, it is more sinister-- and it forces him to take a good hard look at his life and values.

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Markets Offer Muted Reaction To Bank Ratings Dowgrades

Jun 22, 2012
Originally published on June 22, 2012 10:14 am

UPDATE at 10:10 a.m. EST:

U.S. stocks open up a day after their second-worst showing of the year, apparently shrugging off the concerns over banks.

Here's our original post:

NPR's Chris Arnold reports this morning on the fallout from Moody's announcement yesterday that it was cutting its rating on 15 big banks in the U.S. and Europe.

Speaking with Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep, Arnold called the downgrade "a repositioning of credit worthiness of almost the entire banking industry."

The credit rating agency Moody's is essentially saying there are three tiers of banks.

The top tier, which includes JPMorgan Chase, HSBC and the Royal Bank of Canada, is in good shape.

The second tier, including Barclays, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs has "ongoing exposure to the troubles in Europe."

The last group, which includes Bank of America, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley, "would be in for the bumpiest ride if things in Europe or some other big shock came along," Arnold says.

Not surprisingly, the banks that were downgraded didn't much like the news from Moody's. The Telegraph has some official reaction here.

According to The Wall Street Journal:

"Investors have been bracing for the downgrades since February, when the Moody's Corp. unit said it would review the ratings of more than 100 banks around the world. U.S. bank stocks rose in after-hours trading Thursday, after Moody's announced the downgrades. The gains followed a broad-based selloff that saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average fall 250.82 points to 12573.57."

It's worth remembering that Moody's and other credit-rating agencies such as Standard & Poor's, "got a black eye for placing high ratings on mortgage bonds that later imploded," according to The New York Times.

The downgrades will lead to higher borrowing for the affected banks, and that's not good news for consumers, the Times notes:

"As bank profits falter, consumers could also be affected. Companies often try to make up for lost revenue by passing costs on to customers.

"In the face of new regulations, banks have raised fees and other sources of income to bolster their business."

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